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Old 05-18-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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'75 Overlander - Need new vent vent covers

We went up to my land this weekend. AS survived the winter just fine except... I found the center vent had cracked and let water drip onto the floor in front of the fridge.
I managed to get up there with a ladder to inspect and found that 2 of the vents were pretty much gone and the one was completely shot.
It looks like a guy could remove two bolts and just replace the top covers.
Are the covers available? These had plastic in them, I suppose for light in the trailer.
I wouldn't need the light. All metal ones would be just fine.
Are replacement covers available?
I "fixed" the one that was leaking till I can replace it.
Will be going back up in a couple of weeks and would sure appreciate any suggestions on where to buy new covers to bring up with me.
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We went up to my land this weekend. AS survived the winter just fine except... I found the center vent had cracked and let water drip onto the floor in front of the fridge.
I managed to get up there with a ladder to inspect and found that 2 of the vents were pretty much gone and the one was completely shot.
It looks like a guy could remove two bolts and just replace the top covers.
Are the covers available? These had plastic in them, I suppose for light in the trailer.
I wouldn't need the light. All metal ones would be just fine.
Are replacement covers available?
I "fixed" the one that was leaking till I can replace it.
Will be going back up in a couple of weeks and would sure appreciate any suggestions on where to buy new covers to bring up with me.
TIA
Jerry



Times have changed.

Most owners prefer light from the solardomes.

They are available in milk white and solar gray, and equipped with a thermal barrier, which traps heat and/or cold for a while..

The solar gray lets in more light, but no more UV, than the white covers.

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You can get the heavy plastic covers from any Airstream dealership, and use the mounting hardware you have in order to install them.
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:58 PM   #4
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Andy,
I looked at the way the cover is attached to the lifting mechanism.
There is a bolt on each side that holds it on.
It looked like removing the two bolts wouold allow the cover to be removed.
Can I buy a replacement cover that uses the same two bolts?
That would make it real easy to install new ones.
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Andy,
I looked at the way the cover is attached to the lifting mechanism.
There is a bolt on each side that holds it on.
It looked like removing the two bolts wouold allow the cover to be removed.
Can I buy a replacement cover that uses the same two bolts?
That would make it real easy to install new ones.
Fastening new plastic vent covers has many options.

Bolts, or rivets work fine.

Just don't over tight the bolts and only use aluminum rivets having an aluminum mandrill.

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If you remove those two bolts,you can then remove the vent cover.You then need to drill out 8 rivits to remove the 2 brackets that you will need to rivit onto the new covers.
Use new seals when installing.
Its actually pretty easy.
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Leaving it stationary and don't need or want the light? Sounds like you need to take a cover off and take it to a frabricator and ask for an aluminum mod to the cover water proof and weather resistant! Original no but functional and still enjoyable and if done right will not rot and leave wet surprises! Just my thoughts and yes I want a 70's overlander love em
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Giving this older thread a bump.
What was the purpose of having two layers of plastic on the solar domes?
You can kinda see them in the photos.
I went up to the lake this weekend and replaced the top piece of plastic.
Pretty easy really.
I broke off the upper layer (what remained of it - they were badly cracked and pieces missing)
Then I removed the 8 rivitts that held the plastic in place, cleaned the old vulkem off the aluminum and then used silicone and self tapping screws to fasten a piece of Lexan to the top.
Wow! it sure does let a lot of light in.
I'm really glad I sprung for the Lexan and didn't use sheet metal like I had planned.
But I'm wondering weather I should have added the second layer underneath.
I'm pretty sure I could still do it but don't know why it was there or if they need it.
One other question; How long can I expect the Lexan to last up there.
Thanks for all the prior advice on this thread and anything else you folks might add.
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Giving this older thread a bump.
What was the purpose of having two layers of plastic on the solar domes?
You can kinda see them in the photos.
I went up to the lake this weekend and replaced the top piece of plastic.
Pretty easy really.
I broke off the upper layer (what remained of it - they were badly cracked and pieces missing)
Then I removed the 8 rivitts that held the plastic in place, cleaned the old vulkem off the aluminum and then used silicone and self tapping screws to fasten a piece of Lexan to the top.
Wow! it sure does let a lot of light in.
I'm really glad I sprung for the Lexan and didn't use sheet metal like I had planned.
But I'm wondering weather I should have added the second layer underneath.
I'm pretty sure I could still do it but don't know why it was there or if they need it.
One other question; How long can I expect the Lexan to last up there.
Thanks for all the prior advice on this thread and anything else you folks might add.
The double layer is for a thermal barrier.

The greater the top dome shape with a flat interior, that properly seals the trapped air, the greater the thermal barrier.
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